There exists in the British Museum a plaintive letter written on papyrus in A.D. 288, signed by Servaeus Africanus, addressed to the district governors of Middle Egypt and reading as follows:

It is apparent from the accounts alone that a number of persons wishing to batten on the estates of the Treasury have invented titles for themselves such as controllers, secretaries or superintendents, whereby they procure no advantage to the Treasury but swallow up the profits.

(Papyrus 752)

Bureaucracy in government is an intricate system in which no one person can be held responsible, the rule by Nobody.

Each town and school department becomes its own self-licking ice cream cone. In political jargon, a self-licking ice cream cone is a self-perpetuating system that has no purpose other than to sustain itself.

It's lonely at the top, or at least, it should be. But not in Framingham.

The Framingham city council view taxpayers as an unending source of wealth to fund to fund their re-election chances by catering to the public sector unions. In essence, they cater to the few (the unions) and disregard the many (the taxpayers).

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